Orion Blizzard

– Kenansville, NC
Carpenter at Camp Davis; 11th Air Force, 39th Air Depot Group; Repair Squadron; Quartermaster Supply

Blizzard spent his war years in two roles. First, as a farmer turned construction worker at Camp Davis in Holly Ridge, one of several military bases that sprang up “overnight” in North Carolina during the war. Orion drove a carpool of men on a 120 mile round trip commute to a job where the pay was good and checks were cashed on the side of the road. In February, 1942, Orion was drafted into the Air Force and served in Alaska where he helped care for fighter pilots based there due to the threat of attack from Japan. He later returned to Camp Davis in time to see it being dismantled and sold — a sight that he simply could not understand.